Rio De Janeiro Gay and Lesbian Vacations

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Your gay Rio de Janeiro vacation

The Marvelous City should be squarely on the map of any gay world traveler. Bronzed muscle men prance up and down the gorgeous beaches wearing barely anything, as the dramatic backdrop of jutting verdant mountains looms in the background. For lesbian travelers, the women are just as luscious. Rio now has a renovated airport, a fast new highway to the city, and spruced-up parks and cleaned-up streets. The whole place oozes a casual vibe of sensuality, with a thumping samba beat as the soundtrack.

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LGBT Best in Stay Rio De Janeiro hotels

From $98

Hotel Olinda Rio

2 stars
3.7 / 5 23 reviews

Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

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The architecture of the Olinda Othon Classic is one of the highlights of this hotel, located at the heart of Copacabana Beach. A few steps away, guests can find a wide variety of shops and malls for clothing, shoes, and souvenirs, as well as entertainment. Its environment takes us back to the Rio de Janeiro of the 1940s... More

From $182

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

3.8 / 5 7 reviews

Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana welcomes discerning travelers and vacationers to sleek accommodations while in a beach getaway, corporate visit, or cultural holiday in Rio De Janeiro. Situated on the vibrant Avenida Atlantica, this luxury hotel is within a stone's throw to the white sands of the world-famous Copacabana... More

From $218

JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro

5 stars
4.1 / 5 9 reviews

Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Splurge on a luxurious Copacabana Beach getaway and book a stay in any of the deluxe accommodations at JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro. This opulent Rio de Janeiro hotel offers convenient access to local attractions that include Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Guests at this upmarket retreat take a splash in... More

From $241

Hotel Marina All Suites

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Marina All Suites sits on Leblon Beach, the western half of famous Ipanema Beach, in one of the most lively and sophisticated neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro. Hotel Marina All Suites offers kitchen-equipped suites near the great shopping, restaurants and nightlife of the Zona Sul, and from here it is easy to visit... More

From $202

Relais & Chateaux Hotel Santa Teresa

5 stars
4.4 / 5 9 reviews

Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Relais & Chateaux Hotel Santa Teresa offers elegant accommodations strategically set in the artistic neighborhood of Santa Teresa. At this posh retreat in the cultural center of Rio de Janeiro, guests savor world cuisines and Brazilian dishes at Tereze Restaurant and later wind down with exotic drinks or tasty... More

From $192

Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 20 reviews

Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

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Located between Barra da Tijuca and Leblon Beach, the newly renovated Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort sits on lush, landscaped grounds, and boasts white-sand beach and the tropical Atlantic in front and towering mountains behind it. The property provides a complimentary shuttle between the hotel and local attractions. As... More

From $94

Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza

3 stars
3.5 / 5 20 reviews

Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Save 30% on 3 nights or more

Explore famous Ipanema Beach from well-appointed ocean-view hotel The Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza sits at the heart of Ipanema, just a short walk from the beach and surrounded by sophisticated bars, restaurants and boutiques. Located within walking distance of nearby Copacabana and just a couple blocks from a metro... More

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Flights

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York Rio De Janeiro Wed, Oct 7 - Wed, Oct 14 $690
Miami Rio De Janeiro Tue, Sep 1 - Tue, Sep 22 $555
Chicago Rio De Janeiro Mon, Sep 14 - Tue, Sep 22 $789
Sao Paulo Rio De Janeiro Mon, Oct 5 - Thu, Oct 8 $72
Salvador da Bahia Rio De Janeiro Wed, Sep 23 - Sun, Sep 27 $272
Los Angeles Rio De Janeiro Thu, Sep 17 - Tue, Sep 22 $812
Florianopolis Rio De Janeiro Fri, Oct 23 - Mon, Oct 26 $135
Buenos Aires Rio De Janeiro Sun, Oct 4 - Wed, Oct 14 $306
Paris Rio De Janeiro Tue, Sep 22 - Wed, Sep 30 $643
Toronto Rio De Janeiro Sun, Sep 13 - Sun, Sep 20 $668
Phoenix Rio De Janeiro Tue, Oct 6 - Mon, Oct 12 $920
Houston Rio De Janeiro Sun, Sep 27 - Thu, Oct 1 $823
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  • World landmarks

    Of course there are the world-renowned sites: the rocky peak of Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf), the enormous statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) opening his arms high above the city, the Carmen Miranda museum featuring costumes of the Rio native, and the teeming Tijuca National Forest behind the city, said to be the largest urban forest in the world.

    To the market

    And don’t forget to browse through a feira livre, an open-air food market that sells an incredible variety of fruits, vegetables and meats. (The gayest market happens on Fridays at Praca Nossa Senhora da Paz in Ipanema.)

    Rio’s gayborhood

    The gayest part of Rio is the section of Ipanema called “Farme Gay” beach between Rua Farme de Amoedo and Rua Teixeira de Melo. Behind the beach, Rua Farme de Amoedo is the gayest street in town, with gay-popular restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and bookstores. The other gay sunning area is on the huge Copacabana Beach, at the foot of Rua Fernandes Mendes in front of the stately Copacabana Palace Hotel -- where you’ll even see transvestites joining the beach scene under rainbow flags.

    Carnival

    Of the many celebrations and events surrounding Carnival before Easter, there’s even a gay (and straight-popular) ball called O Grande Gala Gay at Scala in downtown. A traditional samba hall called Elite promotes other popular gay balls on Carnival Sunday and Monday. Gay neighborhood street parades include Banda de Ipanema and Banda da Carmen Miranda, which snake through Ipanema.

    New Years

    If you can’t make it for Carnival, then plan a New Year’s trip. Millions of city residents usher in the year by wearing white and rushing into the waves at midnight, throwing rose petals. It’s just as vibrant a scene as Carnival itself.

    Rio’s Pride

    Rio’s gay pride happens in later October or early November, and there are also periodic circuit pool parties throughout the year called Revolution. Needless to say, it’s hard not to have a good time in Rio.

  • Don’t freak out if you don’t know Portuguese

    A few words can be handy, but most Rio residents understand Spanish and, to a slightly lesser extent, English.

    Rio has one of the most happening lesbian scenes in South America

    There’s a lesbian dance club open almost every night of the week -- check the local gay newspaper Entre Nós for up-to-date listings.

    Don’t expect any gay-exclusive hotels

    Although Rio is super-popular with gays, it has no all-gay lodgings. But there are a plethora of mid- to high-end properties to choose from just steps away from Copacabana Beach, and to a lesser extent in Ipanema.

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